L.A. stations unite for spec

'Together: A Call for Unity' focuses on prejudice, intolerance

Ten local Los Angeles television stations are cooperating on a half-hour news special titled “Together: A Call for Unity,” which will air on the stations at various times between Friday and Monday.

Project marks unprecedented cooperation among L.A.’s local stations.

Independent producer Michael Linder is exec producing the project, which features segs contributed by each station on the topic of prejudice and intolerance in the wake of the terrorist attacks last month.

The stations on board are KABC, KCAL, KCBS, KCET, KCOP, KMEX, KNBC, KTLA, KTTV and KVEA.

Linder said the project’s genesis was an Oct. 5 meeting at the Museum of Tolerance that was called by Los Angeles County Sherrif Lee Baca to discuss the community’s reaction to the terrorist attacks and strategies the media might employ to encourage racial tolerance.

Cost of the special is being footed by the stations, which have donated crews, editing facilities and other resources, including on-air talent.

Spec covers a range of subjects, including interviews with Japanese-Americans who share stories of their experiences being interned during World War II, a profile of a Southern California minister who wore the traditional Afghan woman’s garb for a week and a seg on Muslim schoolchildren in L.A.

The special will have commercial breaks.

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